Pre-Order Your AthFest Compilation Vinyl Today!

We are proud to announce that for the first time in our history, our AthFest Compilation Album will be released EXCLUSIVELY on vinyl! The 2014 Athfest Compilation features tracks by New Madrid, Drive-By Truckers, Elf Power and more. This is a limited release, and you can order your copy for an advance discount at our online pre-sale!

Proceeds from the album benefit AthFest Educates, a non-profit dedicated to local music & arts education. To see the full lineup, and to order your copy, click here or on the image below:


AthFest Compilation Album Lineup Announced:

AthFest Educates announced the line-up for the 2014 AthFest Compilation Album, which will be pressed exclusively on vinyl this year. This year’s album–produced as it has been for 17 years by Ghostmeat Records—was designed to be a cohesive rock collection and will feature tracks from New Madrid, Ruby the Rabbitfoot, Family and Friends, Faster Circuits, Elf Power, Drive-By Truckers, Cicada Rhythm, Nicholas Mallis, Shade and Ghost Owl.

The album will be released Saturday June 17th, on the eve of the AthFest Music and Arts Festival, and will be available at the festival as well as at,, select record stores, and via iTunes and other digital music stores. Online pre-sales start April 15th exclusively at The compilation album was originally produced to promote the music festival and promote local musicians, more recently it has been thought of as a way to raise funds for AthFest Educates, which are used to promote music and arts programming and projects in the Athens area.

Since 2009, AthFest Educates has contributed more than $125,000 to music and arts education programs for Athens-Clarke County children. Russ Hallauer, AthFest Educates Vice Chair and album producer from Ghostmeat Records, says this year’s album is, “special because once again some top notch local musicians have gone out of their way to support the cause. They do not necessarily need the added attention of being on the compilation, but they are just as eager to be involved as up and coming bands, because they support the AthFest Educates mission.” Hallauer said the move to vinyl was AthFest Educates Marketing Chair Andy Whitehead’s idea, and that the response from the bands has been “incredible.” He added that with this marking the 20th anniversary of Ghostmeat Records, which started with vinyl, it feels especially appropriate too.


AthFest 2014 Compilation Album LP

Label: Ghostmeat Records; Producer: Russ Hallauer

Side One

1. New Madrid—Forest Gum [3:10]

2. Ruby the Rabbitfoot—Ways [3:03]

3. Family and Friends—Rust and Bone [5:15]

4. Faster Circuits—Relative Obscurity [3:22]

5. Elf Power—Life the Shell [3:19]

Side Two

1. Drive-By Truckers—Rock Solid [3:29]

2. Cicada Rhythm—Meredith [3:13]

3. Nicholas Mallis—Why Do You Light The Candles? [4:38]

4. Shade—Know your Sine [4:03]

5. Ghost Owl—Eleven [2:48]

AthFest Booking Deadline: April 10th

Bands & Solo Musicians! We wanted to make sure everyone had the chance to submit your information for performance consideration, so we are officially extending our booking window until April 10th, 2014. Simply click here and apply via Sonicbids for consideration. Not only is this a great way to get exposed to tons of fans, but it’s also for a great cause – this festival is a major fundraising effort for AthFest Educates, a local non-profit dedicated to music & arts education!


KidsFest Artist Market Accepting Applications

Do you love making art? Do you want to earn summer money? Do you want to be a part of Athfest? Join other kids in this year’s KidsFest Artist Market. It is open to current 4th – 12th grade students wanting to sell their art in, but not limited, to painting/drawing, pottery, wood work, jewelry making, recycling art, metal work, fabric, etc.

Deadline for submissions is June 1st, 2014.

Click here for more information, and to download our application!


2014 AthFest Wristbands On Sale!

2014 AthFest Wristbands are now on sale at an advance discount price of only $15! This online option is WILL CALL ONLY, with pickup starting Thursday, June 19th. If you want to have your wristband in advance of that date, please stay tuned as we will be announcing where to buy wristbands in person soon!


Although wristbands are not required for most outdoor events such as KidsFest, Artist Market, and Outdoor Stages, they are the BEST way to experience the full festival. Our Club Crawl features several wristband-only shows, and ALL of  our Club Crawl shows on Friday & Saturday nights will be free with AthFest Wristband (age and capacity restrictions apply).  By purchasing wristbands, you will also receive discounts at these affiliated events during AthFest (LaughFest, Flagpole Music Awards, Wired Electronic Festival and for various roc docs at Cine)

AthFest Educates Hires New Executive Director


April 2, 2014—-The AthFest Educates board of directors has hired a new executive director to head up the non-profit music and arts organization. On April 15th Jill Helme will take over the post vacated by AthFest founder Jared Bailey in January.

Helme comes from a non-profit youth organization management background, having received her masters degree from University of Pennsylvania in non-profit leadership and then working as Senior Director of the education focused Foundations Inc and then as Senior Director of Workforce Management at the Philadelphia Youth Network. Most recently she worked as an educational consultant.

Helme says her experience with helping organizations reflect on their programs and assess whether they are reaching the people the organization intends to reach, doing the things the program should be doing, and having the impact they should be having will be especially helpful for her leadership of AthFest Educates.

Although new to the area, Helme says, “Most of the members of the board are incredibly well-versed on the music aspects surrounding the organziation. The AthFest Educates board is like no other I’ve worked with in their level of involvement and expertise. What I bring to the table is someone with experience growing education and youth development-focused organizations.” Of the community, Helme says, “I appreciate the way this position is going to allow me to connect with the larger Athens community. Everyone I’ve met in Athens knows about AthFest. It’s not often that a nonprofit director gets to inherit such a strong reputation, and the greatest benefit in this position is that I’m able to walk in and have this immediate connection to people simply because of my role with AthFest Educates. I’m excited about the opportunity to help promote and fund music and arts education programs throughout the region. AthFest and AthHalf, both of which are amazing community efforts, make that possible.”

Russ Hallauer, AthFest Educates Board Vice President, says the AthFest Educates Board is delighted to have Jill, saying, “She brings expertise in youth-focused, non-profit leadership that will enable the organization to support more music and arts education programs in Athens-Clarke County.” Hallauer says the organization is in a position to, “dramatically increase its support of music and arts programs in Athens, and Jill has the expertise and experience in non-profit leadership and educational program development to lead us down that road.”

Helme moved to Athens last fall when her husband, Matthew Waller, accepted a position at the University of Georgia in the Student Affairs office. The couple has a three-year old son Keats, and currently lives in the Normaltown area. The AthFest Music and Arts Festival and affiliated events will take place June 18th-22nd in downtown Athens.

 Click here to download the full press release

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First-Wave Artist Announcement!


We are beyond proud to announce the first-wave of artists for AthFest 2014, taking over downtown Athens June 18-22!

It is with great pleasure that we will welcome Kishi Bashi, Reptar, and Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ as our outdoor stage headliners. Leading off the Club Crawl will be Futurebirds. Speaking of Club Crawl, as of today AthFest wristbands are available for pre-order at a discount, click ‘merchandise’ on our main page for more info!





KidsFest looking for performers & vendors!

KidsFest 2014 is looking for performers and volunteer vendors. Performers can be kid performers or adult performers who play kids music. Looking for vendors to promote carnival type activities or art/music related crafts.

inquires sent to kidsfestatathfestdotcom

AthFest Educates is Hiring!

Athfest Educates, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit music and arts education organization in Athens, Georgia, is seeking an
Executive Director.
Founded in 1997 to plan and promote an annual music and arts festival showcasing the talent of Athens and the
surrounding communities, the organization has expanded its scope to include multiple programs and events, and
set its sights on funding opportunities to support music and arts education in the public schools and the broader
community. In addition to the festival, Athfest Educates plans the annual AthHalf Half Marathon, and in-school
performances across Athens-Clarke County.
As it enters the 18th year, Athfest Educates finds itself at a critical juncture, and is seeking visionary leadership to
support its ongoing evolution. Throughout our history, we have had only one Executive Director. The new
Executive Director will be expected to build upon the organization’s legacy, and assist the Board in shaping its
To learn more about this opportunity, click here.

Mini-Grant Applications OPEN!

Contact: Rachel Allen (706) 490-7188 // email  (rachelatrachelallenmediadotcom)  


Local non-profit AthFest Educates announced that the application period for mini-grants for local
music and arts programs will begin November 11th and go through November 24th. Applications are
accepted from public schools and organizations within Athens-Clarke County for music, arts and
performance related programs and projects, including funding for instrument purchase, field trips,
assistance in bringing music or theatrical performances in-house, art projects, scholarships, etc.
Applications are online. Grants will be awarded in January.
AthFest Educates’ mini-grants usually range from $250 to $1,000. To date AthFest Educates has given
away over $150,000 in grants to local schools and community programs to encourage their arts and
music educational efforts. Past grants have funded classroom trips to performances and museums,
scholarships to music camps and programs, instruments for schools and libraries, and music and arts
related technology for schools.
Jared Bailey, director of AthFest Educates says grants help provide, “that extra boost to help make
music and arts programs more successful and more accessible to more people. It’s what AthFest
Educates is all about, and we welcome anyone doing any kind of music or arts-based project in our
community to be creative and submit an application.”